Argentine striker Paulo Dybala was reportedly a prime target for the Catalan giants, and now it’s been confirmed Barcelona indeed tried getting in touch with Juventus for the player.

In an extensive interview with magazine So Foot Club, Juventus star Paulo Dybala has confirmed Barcelona’s interest in the player was real and the Spanish club made a ‘big’ offer to the Italian Champions for the Argentine, which was duly rejected by Juventus.

The player admitted it was a difficult decision to reject such an offer but insisted he’s very much satisfied at one of the best clubs in the world. The striker also added that Juventus’ rejection for Barcelona’s offer showed how highly the club value value him and how important a part he is of the first-team setup, which makes him happy.

Juventus' forward Paulo Dybala from Argentina celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus vs Udinese on October 15, 2016 at the 'Juventus Stadium' in Turin. / AFP / MARCO BERTORELLO (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

Juventus’ forward Paulo Dybala from Argentina celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus vs Udinese on October 15, 2016 at the ‘Juventus Stadium’ in Turin. (Photo : MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

In his words, “Barcelona made an offer in the summer, but it did not come to fruition . Juventus rejected an offer from Barcelona for me. It was a high bid and the rejection means I’m an important player for the club and I recognize it . It is very difficult to refuse such type of proposals. What I have clear is that I am in one of the best clubs in the world and I’m happy.”

On an ending note, Dybala claimed he’ll never force a move out of Juventus for his own personal interests and will only leave if and when the club decides to sell him. The statement is sure to delight the top management of the club as well as the fans.

Barcelona were in the market earlier in the summer for a forward to complement the fearsome trio of Messi – Suarez – Neymar or MSN, as they are more popularly known. The targets for the forward position were widely reported to be among Paulo Dybala, Kevin Gameiro, Gabriel Jesus and Luciano Vietto, but the club eventually had to settle for Valencia striker Paco Alcacer, signing the Spaniard for €30 million.

Dybala may have been their top target, but Paco is doing all the rights things on the pitch to prove himself as an able support for MSN. Though Alcacer is yet to open his goal-scoring account for Barcelona, the signs have been encouraging nonetheless with the striker making all the correct movements but just the final shot letting him down. Suarez went through a similar run when he first joined Barcelona, but has more than compensated for it. One can sense something similar from the 23 year old forward.

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